Friday, March 20, 2009

Braised Tofu

Tofu is low in calories, contains beneficial amounts of iron and has no saturated fat. It is high in protein and calcium and well known for its ability to absorb new flavors through spices and marinades. Tofu also contains soy isoflavones, which can mimic natural human estrogens and may have a variety of harmful or beneficial effects when eaten in sufficient quantities. Due to its chameleon-like qualities and nutritional value, tofu is a staple of Asian cuisines for hundreds of years.

2 tbsp. oil
3 tbsp. soya sauce
1 tbsp dark soya sauce
2 tbsp. shaoxing wine
1/2 c. water
1 tsp 5 spice powder
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp sugar
1 lb. super firm tofu, sliced 1/2 inch thick


In a shallow bowl or baking pan, combine all ingredients except tofu.
Mix well and add tofu, cover, and marinate in the refrigerator 4-5 hours.
Turn tofu slices several times while marinating.
After 4 - 5 hours, remove tofu and pour the marinate into a saucepan.
Bring to the boil and add in tofu. Cook until tofu is warm through.
Adjust taste and serve with a sprinkle of sesame oil and chopped spring onions.


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